Posted by Mattchoo
Do it properly and it will naturally come, why force it?
I do stretch properly, Im only trialing this thing, if I dont see the point or any real benefit, I wouldnt bother investing in one, Im just trying to better myself, I wouldnt say Im lazy :\
Posted by Wolfenstein
I've tried one, but never for a consistently long period. Personally I just never buy into these latest fitness contraptions...except for the abslide. I just don't believe there is any machine out there that is going to give you a big shortcut.
I have a friend who has been using one for a couple years, and he swears by it. It has improved his flexibility over the last couple years, but I'm not really convinced it significantly increased what he could have accomplished with any typical stretching routine.
I do yoga 3 times a week to improve my flexibility, and it does wonders. I think instead of spending $350 on a martial arts leg stretcher, you could probably buy about 8 months time at a good gym, and get access to a yoga class as well as quality excercise equipment...hell they might even have one of these things. To me that's the greater overall investment.
Good points, I dont think I would be willing to spend 350 on such a thing, Ive used it for a few days now, and it gives a good stretch, but it wouldnt stop me from doing my normal routine.
I've been doing martial arts since I was like 8 or 9 so I guess I just grew to be very flexible. I can put both of my legs behind my head pretty easily and walk around on my hands. So the short answer is no.
But like the others I would just advise you to continue normal stretching, it will develop on its own. I don't see how a machine could help your tendons and muscles stretch any faster than they would otherwise. It's more about your body needing time to adjust than anything I think.
edit - but hey, if you've got the machine for free you may as well try it out and see how you like it. It can't hurt, right?
Yeah, I didnt buy it, its a free trial for around a month, just giving it a shot :P ... it can hurt, but only if u push urself too far haha, I swear that thing could be a torture device in the wrong hands :|